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Grateful Dead Live at Hartford Civic Center on 1988-04-03

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Grateful Dead Live at Hartford Civic Center on 1988-04-03

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Promised Land-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Althea, Little Red Rooster, Cold Rain & Snow, Memphis Blues, Box Of Rain, Don't Ease Me In Playin' In The Band-> Crazy Fingers-> Franklin's Tower-> Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Jam-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> Black Peter-> Turn On Your Love Light, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Hartford Civic Center
Location Hartford, CT

Source SBD>?>CD (Possible Matrix)


SBD>?>CD (Possible Matrix); via Ankh-af-na-khonsu; Seeded to etree by PainoMan


Reviewer: farfromme83 - favorite - April 4, 2011
Subject: awful
Heard this as the show of the day on sirius today and I remember being there. I only attended a few more shows after this disaster. Jerrys voice was razor blade like. Jerry brought the whole band down. Short sets, lack of exploration, etc. Overall dismal show. A better choice is 4/18/ of the best ever.
Reviewer: Sluggo714 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2007
Subject: I Dunno- I loved it
I saw all three shows in Hartford and all three were, well, pretty damn good. Who gives a rat's ass if Jerry's voice wasn't perfect. A great time was had, even if it wasn't musically a particularly outstanding run.
Reviewer: dmilks - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2006
Subject: 4/3/88
It is interesting why Jerry decided to sing at all, much less the songs that really require decent pipes. Jerry's guitar work is strong throughout.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavorite - November 21, 2005
Subject: Combine Jerry's throat issues and a lack of exploration and you've got a skippable show
Wowsers, this show has universally received negative notices...let's see how it holds up, or better yet, falls down.

1st Set: Well, the crowd's certainly pumped as the Berry chords give the intro a 70s appeal. Brent's Hammond loudly colors up the brisk casual confidence of this "Promised." The double-shot of Bobby continues with a decent "Greatest." Yea, Jerry's got no voice tonight as it's evident during an "Althea" that almost loses its bearing. Just remember that the "Little Red Rooster" don't mean shit to Brent. It broods. "Cold Rain" is well-received besides sludging a bit through the mud. "Mobile Blues" is brisk if not powerful. "Box" goes down smoothly if not memorably whereas "Ease" casually closes off a decent first set.

2nd Set: "Playin" is an exciting tune to open up the set with; however, despite a well-presented song the jam goes nowhere and is way too abbreviated. "Crazy" is the natural segue though the version sags due to Jerry's fatigue. The other bandmates are up to the challenge, howver, this version just feels too empty. (Though the emptiness equates with a sadness that fits "Crazy") "Franklin" moves with buoyancy but lacks depth as well as Jerry's voice sounds croak-y. the crowd remains involved though as they're welcoming "Man Smart"'s arrival. Youthful Brent takes over singing duties during the second voice. "Drums" and "Space" are the norm though there's a moment in the former that gets ridiculously loud. "Gimme" is moderately entertaining. "Black" is quite the appropriate choice considering Jerry's condition. Why not offer a little extended 'false ending' "Lovelite" considering the less than ideal performance.
We're encoring with Jerry; the crowd still involved clapping to the poignant rhythm of the song.
Not a total bomb, but cannot recommend.
2 2/5th stars
Reviewer: pigbro - favorite - November 12, 2005
Subject: On his way out
I was convinced Jerry was dying. It's sad how after his diabetic coma thing, the whole scene became sort of a death watch. I remember having tickets for only one show during this stop and being glad after this one that I did. I was pissed that I drove all the way down from Boston for this mess.
Reviewer: Gall - favoritefavorite - July 24, 2005
Subject: Blackest of Peters
This show was so bad, that my two friends and I that attended this show, thought we had a bad trip. But I finally know from listening to this download, that this is one of the worst and darkest Dead shows of all time. Jerry never should of approached the mike after Fingers.
When Jerry threw the mike during Black Peter, people had to be a little freaked out. He then ripped a smoking, albeit abrupted jam that smoked though ... check it out. Then for some insane reason, he does the encore too. A weird night indeed!
Reviewer: direwolf2003 - favoritefavorite - April 1, 2005
Subject: hartford
Jerry was really bad this night - tough to sing with laryngitis (or a real nasty cold) - but, as bad as he was, it was still better than Phil singing (anytime)
Reviewer: lobster12 - favorite - March 29, 2005
Subject: no fault of the band
Jerry had no voice and it shows bad. Went to nights 2 and 3 and heard the reports of him throwing the mic. band does what it can especially with an interesting Promised land>GSET opener but tough to listen to overall.
Reviewer: JByron - favorite - March 25, 2005
Subject: 4/3/88
You can spin it any way you want to, but of the 50+ shows I attended between 86-91, this was the only one I left early - it was a disaster. I figured the second set would be left to Weir to lead, but I can not for the life of me understand why Garcia insisted on singing, especially slow songs, when he had NO voice. They could have salvaged this show by giving the second set to Bob, but did we really have to sit through Jerry croaking through Crazy fingers and Black Peter? I was happy that he tossed the mic - at least he was as frustrated as I was.
Reviewer: touch heads rule - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2005
Subject: Lovelight
It was funny to hear Phill try to sing. I see why they usually didn't let him.They should call his new groupp "Phill and friends who know how to sing".Too many freaky hippies in the ailse I had to stand up all show to see.Lovelight nice surprise but NONE of Weirs could hold a candle to Pigs.
Reviewer: gdoc67 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2005
Subject: The significance of 4/3/88
Any of you who feel this show was bad need to get a clue. This is what exemplifies GD at it's finest. True, Garcia's voice was shot (completely) but he forced himself through it. When he spiked the mic after the last verse of Black Peter it was his way of saying that there aint nothin gonna stand in my way of doin the job. Anytime I'm at work at work or playing sports, dealing with my kids etc. if I don't feel like giving my all, I try and reach deep within to get the job done. If you piker out and give up, then you let you let everyone else on the team down. The Old Man would never do that. At least not in the years of being free from the Persian (no, not a kitty kat). Anyhoo, this is important and unique part of GD history that every true head should at least hear once. Look at the set list!!! He didn't have to sing all those songs...The point is he did, and when he fisished he spiked the mic like he ran a coast to coast touchdown. Bully for him, I was there and I loved that show. Let this show be an inspiration to us all. I miss that overweight heroin addict more than anything.
Drink beer,
Reviewer: brendanmcauley - favorite - September 1, 2004
Subject: no go on this night
Jerrys voice died and I watched him get so pissed that he threw down the Mic in anger and it was like, "shit Jerry is pissed"...weird night. Good set list. Easter sunday...but only played because cancelling the show was out of the question.
Reviewer: Hamal - favorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: Snoozer
I had to get talked into going to this show after the Meadowlands run, and I even skipped the last night there. The music just wasn't speaking to me after such a great run at Hampton. This show was weak and I sold my tickets to the rest of the tour, waiting to get reinvigorated at the Greek. Anyway, at this show Jerry's voice is horrible and the overall playing is perfunctory. Shoulda stayed at home.
Reviewer: Peacefuljon - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2004
Subject: Easter Sunday
Promised land into Greatest story Very rare. Little red rooster with brent vox great solo as well. Jerrys voice a bit raspy. well crazy fingers into frankins is quite silly since Jerry's voice cracks .
I remember the camping scene in front of the state capital building was he last in Hartford. Whipit cansters filled the ground. Also bad weather for those three days...Great expeirence for a young college dude. Fun shows.. this whole spring tour. Good Aud Rec
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